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January 2020 Newsletter

Letter from GlobalPlatform’s Executive Director

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all GlobalPlatform members a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your strong support last year, and for the many contributions you will make in 2020.  We genuinely appreciate it!

Building on a successful 2019, we are already looking forward to our Spring Meetings, which will take place the week of March 30 in Austin, Texas. Please save the dates!

Since the last newsletter, we announced our estimate of GlobalPlatform-compliant TEE shipment figures, caught up with GlobalPlatform Secretary / Treasurer, Stéphanie El Rhomri to learn more about her vision for the organization, and released several new documents for member and public review. Additionally, we announced the results of our Board of Directors election – you can find out more below.

And finally, a reminder that we have created a 20th anniversary animation to celebrate this milestone accomplishment. You can check out the animation by visiting our YouTube channel.

SE IoT Workshop

On Thursday, 27 February, GlobalPlatform will co-host with Oracle, a free-to-attend technical workshop, arranged to coincide with Embedded World in Nuremburg.

The day will be split into three sections. The first will offer a high-level update on both GlobalPlatform SE and Java Card technology.  The second part of the workshop will explore the applicability of these technologies for IoT. The final part will involve technical use cases, presentations and demonstrations including the following topics:

  • Multi-cloud authentication and communication using Java Card
  • On-boarding technologies such as DLOA and MUD files
  • Chip to cloud data protection
  • Attestation
Find out more about our workshop

1 Billion GlobalPlatform-Compliant TEEs Shipped in 2018

In December we announced that over 1 billion GlobalPlatform-compliant Trusted Execution Environment (TEE)-enabled processors were estimated to be shipped for the smartphone market in 2018, representing a 50 percent year-on-year increase.

“The GlobalPlatform-compliant TEE is becoming the de facto choice for smartphone manufacturers because of the security and flexibility it offers,” explains GlobalPlatform’s Technical Director, Gil Bernabeu.

Learn more

Use Case: Biometric Payment Cards

A new use case exploring how GlobalPlatform specifications are helping to standardize security for biometric payment cards is available on the public website.

If you have deployed GlobalPlatform technology on a recent product or project and would like to share it with our readers, please submit your use case to

Read the use case
Technical Documents

New Document Releases

Specifications Under Review

This document specifies requirements for the security evaluation of IoT platforms.

The document has been made available to solicit public comments. Please provide comments by Friday, 10 January 2020.


This is the first complete draft of the Trusted User Interface module for the TEE Protection Profile.

This document has been made available to solicit comments from the GlobalPlatform membership. Please note that we expect all comments by Monday, 13 January 2020.


This document assists service providers with the development of applications which support interaction with third-party broker applications.

It has been made available to solicit public comments. Please provide your comments to the specification by Friday, 24 January 2020.


This update of the amendment introduces new implementation options S8 and S16. The S8 mode corresponds to the legacy SCP03 protocol and S16 mode introduces stronger cryptographic strength with 16-byte challenges and cryptograms and 16-byte (non-truncated) C-MAC and R-MAC.

This has been made available to solicit public comments. Please provide your comments to the specification by Monday, 3 February 2020.


The four specifications of the Virtual Primary Platform (VPP) have been extensively reviewed in order to create the v2.0 GlobalPlatform specifications.

These documents have been made available to solicit comments from the GlobalPlatform membership. Please note that we expect all comments by Friday, 14 February 2020.

Speaking Engagements

Embedded World

Technical Director, Gil Bernabeu, will deliver the presentation ‘Building IoTopia – GlobalPlatform’s Initiative to Standardize Security for IoT Devices & Services’ on Wednesday, February 26 at 12:00 – 12:30PM.

Learn more

Payments Summit

Executive Director, Kevin Gillick, will join the ‘Future of IoT Payments’ track on Thursday, February 27 at 01:00PM to explain the value IoTopia will bring to banking and payment services

Learn more

Did you miss our BrightTALK webinar? Building Trust and Security into the IoT

Technical Director, Gil Bernabeu, discusses IoT security challenges and explains how GlobalPlatform helps manufacturers and service providers address security and privacy concerns.

Watch here
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